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Cosmology and Astrophysics through Problems

Cosmology and Astrophysics through Problems

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  • Date Published: September 1996
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521467834

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  • This innovative book provides a clear and pedagogical introduction to research through a series of problems and answers. The author has designed the problems to develop each core topic in a simple and coherent way, and he provides full solutions to make this book completely self-contained. The first half of the book covers the core subjects of astrophysical processes, gravitational dynamics, radiative processes, fluid mechanics and general relativity. The second half uses these concepts to develop modern cosmology; topics include the Friedmann model and thermal history, the dynamics of dark matter and baryons in an expanding universe, the physics of high-redshift objects and the very early universe. This unique self-study textbook will be of key interest to graduate students and researchers in cosmology, astrophysics, relativity and theoretical physics. It is particularly well suited to graduate-level courses.

    • Helps graduate students to learn in a systematic way the core topics needed for research in modern cosmology and high energy astrophysics
    • Bridges the gap between traditional undergraduate textbooks and the primary literature and problem-solving in real research
    • An innovative textbook: each topic is developed in a graded manner and described in terms of a set of study units
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… the book poses a high number of interesting problems that will stimulate a student. In addition it highlights some of the areas of current interest … I would recommend it to a student as a timely reminder of the value of basic problem solving.' Andy Taylor, The Observatory

    'The book explains a number of things that I have wondered about but which may be difficult to extract from a conventional textbook … the book is a success.' I. Bengtsson, Classical Quantum Gravity

    'This innovative self-study text … is the deliberate attempt of Professor Padmanabhan to provoke original thought, at research level, and to tackle cosmological problems … The undoubted challenge of this novel book will attract many graduate students.' Irish Astronomical Journal

    Reviews from Padmanabhan's previous book: 'Padmanabhan has written an invaluable exposition from first physical principles of almost all the things that a new graduate student embarking upon research in theoretical cosmology needs to know … Overall I found Padmanabhan's book to be an extremely useful working text.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    • Date Published: September 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521467834
    • length: 516 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 191 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 3 tables 145 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    'How to use this book'
    Part I. 1. Astrophysical processes
    2. Dynamics and gravity
    3. Fluid mechanics
    4. Radiation processes
    5. General relativity
    Part II. 6. Friedmann model and thermal history
    7. Dynamics in the expanding universe
    8. Structure formation
    9. High redshift objects
    10. Very early universe
    11. Advanced problems
    Useful constants
    Notes and references
    Index.

  • Author

    T. Padmanabhan, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India

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